“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.
I’d like to highlight an event for you this week that invites us to think about innovative approaches to public art and collective memory. The Clough-Hanson Art Gallery at Rhodes College has invited an arts collective from Saint Louis called “MADAD: Making Art and Design as Dissent” as part of their fall lecture series.
MADAD works to reimagine how justice and interactivity improve public spaces and cultural experiences in St. Louis. Their project, Black Memory STL: Division, Displacement, and Local Diaspora, is a multi-year series of public art installations that stem from community partnerships. MADAD’s work integrates technology to visualize Black histories in interactive projects and performances. Three artists who will speak all cite civic and community engagement as central to their artistic practices. They are the 2020 fellows of the Monument Lab, a public art and history studio based in Philadelphia. They’ll be speaking at 6:30pm on Thursday—the event is free and open to the public, but you should make sure to register online.